It doesn’t always get the same attention as other forms of cancer. But each year the impact of pancreatic cancer can be overwhelming for those Australians who are affected and their families, especially if they’re living in more regional and remote parts of Australia. This is why the Insurance Advisernet Foundation recently donated $5,000 to the Pancare Foundation in support of its National Telephone Support Group.
The Pancare Foundation is Australia’s not-for-profit pancreatic cancer support organisation. Their mission is to increase survival rates and provide support to people affected by pancreatic cancer and other upper gastrointestinal cancers, regardless of where they live. As part of this commitment Pancare is currently funding a national pancreatic cancer telephone support group in conjunction with Cancer Council Victoria and Cancer Council New South Wales. Run by cancer care professionals, it helps to address the isolation that can occur for patients living outside metropolitan areas.
“The challenges of travelling from remote locations at the same time as being unwell can make it really difficult for someone affected by pancreatic cancer to access face-to-face support,” explained Angelia Dixon of the Pancare Foundation. “The National Telephone Support Group provides a method to help patients from such locations around Australia to make sure they’re connected with the right care and the support they need.”
“The funds generously provided by Insurance Advisernet will directly assist Pancare in supporting the National Telephone Support Group,” Angelia continued. “Importantly future growth of the program should also see the development of other specific upper gastro intestinal cancer telephone support groups as well.”
Visit https://www.pancare.org.au/ to find out more.